Gary Ray dies
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Cutting Horse Trainer Gary Ray Passes Away

Texas horseman and long-time member of the cutting horse community Gary Ray has died.

Gary Ray, of Throckmorton, died July 11. He was 67.

Ray earned almost a million dollars in the show pen. He was an Open finalist at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity and won many aged events.

In 2006, he won more than $75,000 for an eleventh-place finish in the NCHA Futurity Open on Danny Perdue’s mare, Della Modena (Mick Be Jagger x Wayward Tracks x Poco Holey Doc).

Ray also showed in weekend events as well, finishing in the top five multiple times in various year-end NCHA World Championship standings. His show record includes wins across the country, from Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association shows to the Augusta Futurity. 

In all, Ray had an Equi-Stat record of $932,805 as a rider. Together with his wife, Connie, he owned the winners of $107,904 and bred the earners of $24,848.

According to his obituary, he also was a long-time judge for the NCHA.

Click here to read his full obituary.